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E-pay & direct deposit: Know your new options

These days, most employees have their pay deposited directly into their bank accounts. Most isn’t all, however.

In the Payroll mailbag this month …

Mother’s Day, college graduations, tough payroll questions. Just par for the course, really.

Midyear changes allowed for 401(k) safe harbor plans

If you don’t want the hassle of annual 401(k) plan discrimination testing, you can adopt a 401(k) safe harbor plan. But there have always been limitations on these plans. The IRS has now eliminated one huge obstacle.

Courts: Flexibility is key to determining intern status

College students who are currently packing up their frat houses and dorm rooms will soon be knocking on your door, résumés in hand, looking for summer internships.

Benefit plans may be amended to favor same-sex spouses

The IRS disposed of most of the payroll issues regarding same-sex spouses in 2013 and 2014. Nevertheless, it’s issued guidance on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Proposed regs implement paid sick leave

If you’re a government contractor that pays the higher minimum wage to nonexempt employees who work on federal contracts, proposed regulations would also have you on the hook to provide seven days of paid sick leave to the same nonexempt employees, and to your exempt employees, too.

May 2016: Employer’s business tax calendar

Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

Abandoned pay stub leads to EPA suit

A forgotten pay stub wound up costing an Irving trucking company $45,000.

From direct deposit to paycards: E-pay options abound


More than halfway into the second decade of the 21st century, it should come as no surprise that most employees have their pay deposited directly into their bank accounts.

2016 All-States Chart on Direct Deposit/Paycards

This month’s chart lists states’ laws on Direct Deposits and Paycards.